Life Day 24007: Liar, Liar! Pants On Fire

April 4, 2013 at 1:20 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning prevaricators. Today is, truly, Thursday, April 4, 2013. The first holiday today is Tell A Lie Day. I don’t make these holidays up folks, I just do research, and report the results; and that wasn’t a lie. I could not find the origins for this holiday, or the reason for it. Nonetheless, it is listed in two of my sources. Tell A Lie Day makes it OK to tell a fib or two without guilt. If someone tells you that they don’t lie, they are lying to you. Everyone tells a “white lie” occasionally, even if only to spare someone’s feelings. So feel free to spin a few yarns, tell a few tall tales, or exaggerate to your hearts content. Just remember, you’ll probably be seeing these same people tomorrow, so don’t go too overboard. Who knows, if you become adept enough at lying, it could set you on a whole new career path; in Politics!

The second holiday is Vitamin C Day. On this date in 1932, Professor C. Glen King isolated Vitamin C at the University of Pittsburgh, after 5 years of research. If you missed your glass of Orange Juice with breakfast this morning, don’t despair. There are many other good sources for Vitamin C, such as any other citrus juice, kale, red yellow or green peppers, leeks, chives, parsley, apple cider and guavas. Be sure to have something today that contains Vitamin C.

The next holiday today is School Librarian Day. School Librarian Day recognizes those patient, selfless, yet tireless individuals who perform a vital service to our children. They provide guidance in finding reading and research materials. They never get tired of answering your questions; and they seem to know everything, or at least can tell you where to look for the answer. Take time out to show some appreciation for the School Librarian in your child’s school toady. Send them a “Thank You” card, or better yet, stop by the library and thank them in person.

The fourth holiday is Walk Around Things Day. Walk Around Things Day encourages you to skirt around anything that may pose a problem today. This does not apply only to physical obstacles which could present danger. You should also tread lightly around topics, issues, or problems which could provoke an argument or have no immediate solution.

Another holiday today is World Rat Day. World Rat Day is a holiday to recognize the ‘fancy rat’ as a wonderful pet and companion animal for people of all ages. Most people think of rats as disgusting, filthy, disease-ridden rodents, and most common household variety rats are. But, ‘fancy rats’ are intelligent, devoted, clean, gentle, lovable, and make wonderful pets. This holiday was created by “The Rat List”, the longest standing mailing list on the internet dedicated to the topic of the pet rat. I do not know why they selected this date as the day to celebrate pet rats, but they did.

The rest of today’s holidays are so esoteric or inane that they deserve only passing mention. They are listed below, with a link provided for more information, should one pique your interest.
Hug a Newsman Day.
Victims of Violence Wholly Day.
International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action.
National D.A.R.E. Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Cordon Bleu Day. Cordon bleu means blue ribbon in French. In the 1500’s, the Order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit became known as “Les Cordon Bleus.” The knights used a blue ribbon to hang their talisman, and eventually the term became associated with distinction and honor. Today, we still award blue ribbons for excellence. In the culinary world, cordon bleu is a savory roulade dish made with chicken (or veal), ham, and Swiss cheese. Contrary to popular belief, chicken cordon bleu did not originate at Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school. As with most dishes, it evolved over time and first appeared in America during the 1960’s.

On this date in 1841 – U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.
In 1581 – Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world.
In 1812 – The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and became known as Louisiana.
In 1818 – The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.
In 1850 – The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
In 1887 – Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, KS, making her the first woman mayor in the U.S.
In  1914 – The first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City, NY. It was “The Perils of Pauline”.
In 1917 – The U.S. Senate voted 90-6 to enter World War I on the Allied side.
In 1945 – Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation.
In 1945 – During World War II, U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
In 1949 – Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
In 1967 – Johnny Carson quit “The Tonight Show.” He returned three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.
In 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.
In 1969 – Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.
In 1974 – Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s major league baseball home-run record with 714.
In 1984 – President Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.
In 1988 – Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was voted out of office by the Arizona Senate. Mecham was found guilty of diverting state funds to his auto business and of trying to impede an investigation into a death threat to a grand jury witness.
In 1991 – Pennsylvanian Senator John Heinz and six others were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz’s plane over a schoolyard in Merion, PA.
In 1995 – U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato ridiculed judge Lance Ito using a mock Japanese accent on a nationally syndicated radio program. D’Amato apologized two days later for the act.
And, in 1999 – The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following dignitaries:
Dorothea Dix 1802 – Activist.
Linus Yale 1821 – Inventor.
Arthur Murray 1895 – Dancer.
John Cameron Swayze 1906 – Newsman.
Frances Langford 1913 – Actress.
Muddy Waters 1913 – Blues singer, guitarist.
Elizabeth W. Wilson 1921 – Actress.
Gil Hodges 1924 – Baseball player.
Maya Angelou 1928 – Author, poet.
Anthony Perkins 1932 – Actor.
Hugh Masekela 1939 – Musician, band leader.
Jim Fregosi 1942 – Baseball player.
Kitty Kelley 1942 – Author.
Craig T. Nelson 1944 – Actor.
Caroline McWilliams 1945 – Actress.
Christine Lahti 1950 – Actress.
Phil Morris 1959 – Actor.
Lorraine Toussaint 1960 – Actress.
Robert Downey, Jr. 1965 – Actor.
Nancy McKeon 1966 – Actress.
Barry Pepper 1970 – Actor.
David Blaine 1973 – Magician.
And finally, Natasha Lyonne 1979 – Actress.

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